Since 1991, the European School for Advanced Veterinary Studies (ESAVS) has been providing training courses for veterinarians wishing to upgrade their knowledge in many areas of clinical veterinary medicine.
This very successful programme has now run a total of 174 courses in more than 20 disciplines, with over 4.000 postgraduate students from 48 countries, and is recognised worldwide for the high quality of its education. Although these courses have not involved formal examinations, many of the students completing them have gone on to acquire specialist qualifications at the highest level.
The ESAVS has realised the need for a broader training that would allow veterinary graduates in practice to study over a number of years and acquire a recognized university postgraduate degree. Therefore, the ESAVS formalised in 2008 a long-term association with the University of Luxembourg and its Faculty of Science, Technology and Communication. This cooperation has enabled the establishment of a degree, the European Master of Small Animal Veterinary Medicine (EMSAVM),
The EMSAVM involves coursework and written modules, including studies both within the existing framework of ESAVS courses and work carried out in the veterinary practices of the participating students.
Credit points, conforming to the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) described in the Bologna declaration about higher education in Europe, are acquired over a period of two to four years for successful participation in the modules, validated by examinations. The EMSAVM corresponds to 120 ECTS.
The EMSAVM is a University Degree which testifies that a veterinarian has acquired an advanced level of competence in small animal medicine.
It is not a specialist diploma, nor is it a licence for a particular type of professional activity. It is intended that this masters degree will support the growing demand for national and possible future international systems for species specific practice certification.
It will also provide a benchmark for veterinarians who wish to increase their knowledge and develop a habit of lifelong learning.
Further information on the EMSAVM and training courses provided by the ESAVS is available at www.esavs-master.org
The ESAVS and the University of Luxembourg also issue an examination-validated certificate, corresponding to a shorter version of the Master programme, with less compulsory class hours and written work. This CSAVP (Certificate of Small Animal Veterinary Practice) corresponds to 40 ECTS.
Further information on the certificate and training courses provided by the ESAVS is available at www.esavs-certificate.org
Dr. Pierre Cadot: Veterinary Hospital in Paris, France
Dr. Dr.h.c. Hans-Joachim Koch: Veterinary Hospital in Birkenfeld, Germany
Prof. Dr. Eric Tschirhart: Professor of Physiology, University of Luxembourg
Prof. Dr. Marc Vandevelde: Veterinary School in Berne, Switzerland